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  1. As I understand it, a PA cannot bill for psychotherapy in many states without specific approval from the licensing board, and only after meeting additional specified criteria. For example, this is the statute governing such in the State of Maryland: A physician assistant (PA) may practice psychotherapy if the PA has the required additional education, training and experience to practice psychotherapy. Performing psychotherapy would be considered an advanced duty and therefore would require documentation of additional education, training and experience. When the Board licensed psychiatrist
  2. I simply do not understand. I was considering this option as well. Does anyone have thoughts on how we can push back on this? I am happy to contribute time and effort if I had a sense of direction.
  3. Thank you, Scott. I appreciate your ongoing efforts on behalf of our profession.
  4. Dear All, Your compassion and commitment to whole person care truly humble me, and I am more proud than I can possibly say to call you my colleagues. Warmly, ~ A.
  5. Ventana, I'm not disagreeing here, but I am wondering what your solution means for currently practicing PAs who do not hold a doctoral degree and/or have not completed a residency.
  6. Yes, you can transfer a DEA from one state to another, as is clearly stated on the governmental website (which of course I did consult). I am also aware of having to pay for two registrations in two different states, if one is prescribing in two states (which again I stated I had done in my first post). My question was whether I could transfer the DEA registration without having yet secured employment as a PA in the state to which I would make the transfer. It did not occur to me that I might use the college address (thank you for that idea, DizzyJ).
  7. Good Morning, I am getting conflicting information on this question and thought I'd ask my colleagues here on the forum for their suggestions. I used to have two DEA registrations in two neighboring states, as I practiced in both. When I consolidated my work in the one state, I let the second DEA registration expire. I then left practice in the second state nine months ago to take an academic position (and have not been working as a PA since that time). The active DEA registration in the second state will expire next month. As I do plan to return to practice within three months, I th
  8. In my spam folder as well. Plan to complete it today.
  9. Oh, my goodness. I talk wistfully quite frequently about how I loved PA school, even the didactic year; how it was such an amazing adventure; how I learned so much and mastered so much and developed so many skills. I wax on and on about how I met incredible and inspiring people - classmates, professors, preceptors, and patients alike. I lament repeatedly that it is now over (it has been ten years) and how I'd love to go back. And then.... All the people who endured the experience with me (my spouse, my children, my siblings, my BFF) remind me that, at the time, it was hell.
  10. GTOTM, Thanks for sharing that state specific detail of license renewal. I checked the regulations of both states in which I am licensed and found nothing specifying hours in practice for renewal, but I am contacting the state PA associations in each state for further guidance. As UGoLong stated, most of my PA professors spent little time (and in one case, spent no time) engaged in weekly clinical practice. The full time faculty generally completed one 8 to 12 hour weekly shift in their various medical specialties (ED, OR, FM, HIV). UGoLong, While teaching does "make me happy,"
  11. Good Morning, I'm seeking sage advice from my colleagues on the forum. I became a PA about ten years ago (as a second career; I was previously a university professor in the social sciences). I started working right after graduation, spent four years in family medicine, and then transitioned to my passion - women's health. Last July I applied for a one year visiting professorship in my discipline (psychology) at a small, liberal arts college in a highly desirable location - a town in a neighboring state where my spouse and I had thought of retiring one day. Quite unexpectedly, I was offere
  12. Because I was 47 and could not imagine four years of school, four years of residency (OB/GYN) and then only a decade or so to practice.
  13. lkth487, I agree fully with your sentiments. It was not me, but the BON, that made this an untenable situation. I have, on many occasions, and would happily and enthusiastically continue, to share my knowledge with all who sought it. But not under the arrangements proposed, which I found quite honestly to be fraudulent.
  14. BON in my state apparently decided two years ago that NP students could not be precepted by PAs; this, after two were scheduled with our practice for six week rotations each. One of these students had been (unsuccessfully) seeking a women's health rotation for eight months previously. When she contacted the nurse administrator at the hospital where she was currently completing a rotation for clarification, she was advised to attend the rotation with me anyway, but to have the CP sign all her paperwork and complete her evaluation. She was further advised not to even mention me or my PA cred
  15. Wow. How crappy for you. I also am sorry for your unhappy welcome to the profession. This was not unlike my first job in family medicine. I lasted one year, moved on to another family medicine practice for three years, and now have been in women's health for five years. The most important question I asked of a prospective collaborating physician moving forward was this: "Do you like to teach?" Of course they all said yes. I then requested at least two shadowing days to be sure this was true, and to be sure their teaching style was a good match for me. I'm glad you reached out t
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